Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: July 3, 2013
(Dover, DE) - The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is urging the public to take precautions following three recent product recalls associated with multistate outbreaks of acute viral hepatitis A infections and recommends disposing of any of the recalled frozen fruit products from their freezer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expanding its voluntary recall efforts and is recalling Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend. The voluntary recall is occurring because of a potential hepatitis A contamination, and based on epidemiological and trace-back evidence resulting from an ongoing outbreak investigation conducted by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of June 28, 2013, reports indicated that 131 persons from states other than Delaware have become ill with acute hepatitis A infections linked to consumption of the Townsend Farms berry product sold at Costco warehouses. At this time, no cases have been reported in Delaware. The voluntary recalls also include Townsend Farms products sold at Harris Teeter, or the pomegranate products from the Scenic Fruit Company product. No illness has been associated with the products sold at these locations.
These products should not be consumed. DPH encourages consumers to check their freezers for these recalled products and to dispose of any remaining product. The products included in the recalls are:
Acute hepatitis infection usually results in symptoms 15-50 days after exposure and can include the following: yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, pale stools, or dark urine. Persons who think they might have become ill after consuming the recalled products should contact their healthcare providers.
For more information regarding these outbreaks, please see http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/advice-consumers.html. To contact DPH's Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, call 1-888-295-51556 or 1-302-744-1033.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.